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Principles of Passive House Design

  • 14 Dec 2020
  • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar
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Principles of Passive House Design

ASHRAE Toronto invites you to join us for a webinar about developing your personal/professional skills and becoming the best version of yourself.

Registration within 24 hours of the event start time cannot be guaranteed due to technical reasons.

Cost: Free for Toronto Chapter Members

$5 for Participating Region 2 Chapters Members

$10 for Non-Members

Date: Monday - December 14, 2020

Where: Online Webinar

Start Time: 5:00 pm

If you are a member of one of the participating chapters, you can acquire the special access code through your chapter. You MUST register here using your chapter-registered email and name. We will use this information to verify your membership, and failure to verify membership in the participating chapter will void your registration without refund.

Event Summary

Buildings are a key piece of the puzzle towards a low-carbon future. Passive House (Passivhaus) buildings consume up to 90 percent less heating and cooling energy than conventional buildings while maintaining a healthy and comfortable indoor environment. Applicable to almost any building type, the Passive House high performance building standard is an internationally recognized, proven, science-based energy standard that exists today and is being implemented worldwide. Passive House has Canadian roots, with the 1977 Saskatchewan Conservation House and its designers recognized as Passive House Pioneers. This presentation will explore the principles of Passive House design while considering project examples and the metrics of the Passive House standard.


Michael Nemeth

Certified Passive House Instructor

Michael Nemeth lives and works in Saskatoon with his wife Shannon Dyck. Designing heating, cooling and ventilation systems for all types of buildings, he's been consulting in mechanical engineering since 2006. In 2013, Michael started Bright Buildings to help others build to the Passive House standard, an international low energy building standard leading to 90% space heating energy savings.

Michael and Shannon are co-founders of Radiance Cohousing. The collaborative, 9-unit housing development is designed to meet the Passive House standard and features R60 wall insulation, airtight construction and excellent ventilation among other sustainability features such as permaculture landscaping and rainwater harvesting. The homes meet a high standard for occupant comfort and health with the energy efficiency measures providing a lower cost of ownership. Significant carbon emissions will be avoided as a result - a project goal being to achieve affordable, low carbon housing. Roof-top solar has been added, with the goal of making the development net-zero energy on an annual basis. Michael is a past-president of the ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter.

Need Assistance?

Feel free to contact:

Ahmed Abdel-Salam
ASHRAE Toronto Technology Transfer Committee Chair


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